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3D-printed gun includes the Declaration of Independence

October 30, 2014 8:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D-printed guns are the vanguard of a political movement which rejects any and all attempts at gun control. They’re as much a political statement as an engineering marvel. So if you want to speak loudly and carry a big stick, why not inscribe the Declaration of Independence on the grip?

Engineering Update #83: An exoskeleton for feeling virtual objects

October 30, 2014 8:33 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Back in the ‘80s, Nintendo released its infamous Power Glove, a rudimentary motion-sense device more famous for its brief appearance in a kitschy ‘80s flick than any real functionality. And since then — for better or worse — most hand motion-sense devices have been gloves....

SMT detect switches include ultra-low, board-mounted profile

October 29, 2014 5:29 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has developed a new series of microminiature, side-actuated detect switches with an ultra-low, board-mounted profile. The HDP Series switches measure just 5.7mm x 8.35mm in the "free" position and feature a very low profile....

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Boost converter LED driver ICs include fault tolerant protection

October 29, 2014 3:22 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces two new devices to complement their existing portfolio of LED Driver ICs for LCD backlighting applications. Allegro’s A8518 and A8519 devices integrate a current-mode boost converter....

Current sense resistors offer a 0.25W power rating

October 29, 2014 3:14 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole’s (Raleigh, NC) CSRF Series is now available with the option for higher power ratings for the 0402 and 0603 chip sizes. The higher power option of the CSRF0402 (denoted with a “-HP” suffix) offers a 0.25W power rating in resistance values ...

How do we make the breast pump 'not suck'?

October 29, 2014 1:50 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

When I read the recent news item about MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon,” I thought it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time in my life. Having just had a baby under seven months ago, and trying to continue a regular breastfeeding regimen ...

Meaghan's Minute: Ford Motor's pre-collision assist system

October 29, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Ford Motor’s new driver assist system, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk ...

AI is summoning demons

October 29, 2014 10:14 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium....

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Infographic: Security of Cloud Services

October 29, 2014 8:53 am | by NJIT | Blogs | Comments

With the recent security breaches involving the cloud, consumers are naturally concerned about the privacy and security of information stored there. Though the cloud offers a easy-to-use solution for data storage, it comes with the inherent risks involved in storing information outside of your own harddrive.

Photos of the Day: Supersonic skydiving suit breaks sound barrier

October 29, 2014 8:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google executive Alan Eustace, in the spacesuit, is shown with crew members Blikkies Blignaut, left, and Alex Garbino in preparation his leap from the edge of space that broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert....

LED keychain flashlight powered by four coin cells

October 28, 2014 5:02 pm | Pelican Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Pelican Products Inc. (Torrance, CA) has introduced the tough-as-nails, water-resistant Pelican ProGear 1810 LED keychain everyday use flashlight. As the smallest Pelican flashlight ever made, it’s great to clip on a backpack or store inside a medical/tool kit....

October 2014: Equipment Protection

October 28, 2014 3:53 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Oil and gas drilling offers some of the most challenging and intense rugged environments in the industry. As the projects call for deeper drilling, engineers are encountering even more difficult geological conditions with increasing temperatures and a need for long-lasting equipment.

Digital power system manager monitors board energy consumption

October 28, 2014 1:37 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2975, a 4-channel PMBus digital power system manager featuring current, power, and energy monitoring of the intermediate bus input to point-of-load (POL) converters. Monitoring circuit ...

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Watch Steve Jobs change the world and introduce the iPod

October 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Happy 13th birthday to the music device that changed the world. There had been other (terrible) options for portable mp3 players, but the iPod was the one that blew the roof off the electronics industry. Introduced on October 23rd, 2001 and coming in at $400 ...

A farewell to Forget Me Not

October 28, 2014 1:06 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Over the past few months, element14’s Forget Me Not Challenge has brought home automation into the forefront, asking its Community of engineers to design and construct IoT devices that allow homeowners to remotely control and manage everyday tasks....

Pin-shaped lithium ion battery includes diameter of 3.5mm

October 28, 2014 10:52 am | Panasonic | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Corporation (Rolling Meadows, IL) announces that it has developed a pin-shaped lithium Ion battery (CG-320, nominal capacity 13mAh) with a diameter of 3.5mm and a weight of 0.6g. This battery is suitable for powering small devices....

Why Apple Pay IS all that

October 28, 2014 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Over at Wireless Week, Senior Editor Andrew Berg posed a question we’ve all been wondering, "Is Apple Pay all that?” Well, to quote my 90s brethren, it’s all that AND a bag of chips. I haven’t always been a fan of Apple’s decisions. Frankly, the iPad mini ...

Is Apple Pay really all that?

October 28, 2014 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Blogs | Comments

The hype around Apple Pay is overblown. I'm generally not impressed when Android users scream from the mountaintop that they've had this or that feature for years. Having used a number of high-end Android phones, I know what first to market means....

High frequency connectors feature a 360° raised grounding ring

October 27, 2014 4:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Southwest Microwave, Inc. (Tempe, AZ) has announced the introduction of a new line of 1.0mm (W) DC to 110 GHz connectors. Products in this high-frequency connector series include field-replaceable two and four-hole flange mount and thread-in connectors....

Fiber cassettes interconnect 10, 40, and 100/120Gb networks

October 27, 2014 4:07 pm | Tripp Lite | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has introduced a line of high-density fiber cassette solutions that physically interconnect any combination of 10Gb, 40Gb, and 100/120Gb network equipment. Network managers can choose from a variety of easy-to-use modular cassettes....

LED fixture provides 37,500 lumens of light while drawing only 450 watts

October 27, 2014 1:51 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) releases an explosion-proof high bay light fixture, EPLC2-HB-3X150LED-RT, that provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology ...

Attenuator provides a linear attenuation slope versus control voltage

October 27, 2014 1:44 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a temperature compensated voltage controlled attenuator. RFMD's RFSA2013 provides a linear attenuation slope versus control voltage with very little sensitivity to temperature changes....

This mouse of the future requires your whole body

October 27, 2014 11:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you thought Leap Motion was going to be the mouse of the future (ok, I thought it was) then you should brace yourself for what could be the next big thing in the world of the mouse. The Dynamic Chair is a full-body chair designed to replace the traditional mouse....

Excellence in engineering recognized at women's engineering event

October 27, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

Two Huntington Ingalls Industries employees were honored last week at the Society of Women Engineers’ annual conference in Los Angeles. Alma Martinez Fallon from HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and Dianna Genton from HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division received recognition for their dedication to women in the engineering profession.

What it’s like to fly the "world’s worst airline"

October 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

I hate flying. I’m not scared, mind you. I hate the hassle — arriving early, checking in, and trudging through the security checkpoints. So the prospect of riding the “world’s worst airline” — Air Koryo from North Korea — sounds as appealing as a hole in the head....

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